Actinic Keratosis (AK) are red, often small, scaly dry spots that appear on sun exposed skin as a result of chronic sun exposure. Although they are not considered a skin cancer, they are considered to be pre-cancerous and can develop into squamous cell carcinomas. This risk is thought to be low, but it is unpredictable which ones will develop into cancer, therefore, treatment of AK’s is recommended. Often, patients will have more than one AK and they are commonly found on the head and neck, the back of the hands and forearms, the ears, nose and the lips.
Treatment for AK’s includes:
- Liquid Nitrogen Cryotherapy
- Topical creams (some that require a UV light)
If you are concerned that these AK’s may affect you, contact your doctor and ask for a referral to a dermatologist.